Author and artist Nick Roche sets the frequently asked questions record straight in preparation for Last Bot Standing, powered up with a sneak peek at the IDW Online Exclusive Variant cover for the debut issue available later this month.
Check it all out after the jump, then share your thoughts about this incoming miniseries on the 2005 boards!
WHAT IT ABOUT
It about the end of time and the edge of a universe decimated by Transformer conflict. One lone Cybertronian survivor has hidden away in a burgeoning civilization, believing their mission accomplished. But… the past never dies.
LESS WORDS PLIZ
Imagine Old Man Logan, Hulk: The End or Dark Knight Returns as a steampunk western starring the last ever Transformer.
WHICH CONTINUITY. ANSWER NOW.
Any… all of ’em… or none. It’s so far flung, it could ultimately be utterly speculative. But squint, and it bolts onto YOUR Transformers canon as the (chronological) last adventure.
THAT SOUNDS BALLS, WHY BOTHER.
With IDW saying goodbye to Transformers, this was my way of saying goodbye to them too. It all works as a comment on time moving on, getting older in a field where you once felt young, and putting toys away. For now.
DOES ANY ROBOT CHANGE INTO SOMETHING IN IT.
Yes. Frequently. I like telling Transformers stories that can ONLY be told about Transformers. Their transformation and disguise is integral to the concept, and can be used to say a lot about their world and characterisation.
I DON’T LIKE YOUR DRAWINGS THOUGH.
Alright, mum, back off. I draw covers and some SHORT flashback sequences. Otherwise, it’s all OG IDW TF GOAT EJ SU on hyperkinetic art duties, and Irish superstar colourist Rebecca Nalty matching the elegiac tone of the tale throughout.
MY POOS TAKE AGES BUT COMICS ARE SHORT THESE DAYS. WHAT HAPPEN
Each issue of LAST BOT STANDING is 30 pages long. All four issues add up to 120 pages. That means we don’t have to rush the pace, or cramp the action. Expect things to get bold and splashy. Huge EXTRAS section too!
ACTUALLY, I DON’T EVEN LIKE TRANSFORMERS.
I promise you, if you have a basic knowledge of TFs – Autobots v Decepticons, robots in disguise, endless war -or if you only ever dipped your toe in, Last Bot Standing tells a complete tale of survival, guilt, hope, robots and cowgirls.
WHY DID YOU MISINFORM US ABOUT THIS BOOK’S RELEASE DATE?
Because I’m medically an idiot. LAST BOT STANDING hits NEXT Wednesday, May 11. Time to save your pennies. (The rest still applies.)